Pastoral Care

 
F rom the moment a girl arrives in Reception, she will be embraced by the close and caring community that summarises the Old Vicarage. Her class teacher and teaching assistant will ensure she feels at home and the very high teacher-to-pupil ratio means that no one is overlooked.

Our small class sizes ensure that, as she progresses through the school, each girl can be focused on.  Her teachers will pick up quickly the need to extend, perhaps in very specific areas, the most able and quickly pick up and support any difficulties.  We also ensure that her concerns are addressed quickly, perhaps in Circle Time in a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lesson or individually.  The Old Vicarage has a school wide programme of attributes, such as Honesty or Consideration, which form the focus of assemblies and PSHE lessons, providing guidance and timely reminders that underpin life in the school.

The younger girls are assigned buddies – girls who are three years older – who will befriend them in the playground, much as an older sister would, as well as join them at key moments of the year for events and outings. This establishes security and leads to some long lasting and very loyal friendships.

Our School Council, run by the Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl, collects suggestions from all the girls in the school, via the class reps, and gives a voice and responsibility to them all. Recent suggestions have led to playground games, a climbing wall, and ideas to include on the lunch menu.

All Year 6 girls are prefects and will help to run the school; from supervising movement around the school, leading playground games, serving lunch, to helping to organise sports fixtures and helping in the library. Some prefects are attached to our younger classes and provide valuable help in the mornings. The girls relish the responsibility and rise to the challenge.

Our houses, Burney, Elizabeth, Houblon and Sheridan; named after notable figures in the history of the building or Richmond – bind the girls together. Numerous social and competitive events on a house basis are organised each year and rewards for good work, behaviour, kindness and courtesy are counted towards the prestigious house cup presented annually at the year end.

OVS Lower School Virtual Marathon

As this year’s London Marathon was sadly cancelled due to COVID-19, our lower school girls were challenged by Mrs Russell to take on the 26.2 miles themselves.  The girls could run, jog, walk, scoot or even cycle around the block or in their garden with the...

Soldier visits Little Vic

When a trip to Buckingham Palace had to be cancelled due to COVID-19, the Little Vic girls were very disappointed. However, Miss Grayson quickly organised a surprise visit by a friendly soldier to the pre-school instead. The girls had a great time dressing their...

Alumnae Event – Thursday 30th April 6.00 – 8.00pm – POSTPONED

To mark our 90th year anniversary celebrations in 2021, we will be hosting a number of events to celebrate our school, teachers and pupils, past and present.  With this in mind, we would like to invite former pupils and teachers to attend our first Alumnae...

Richmond Borough High 5 Netball Tournament

On a very bitter and cold Wednesday 26th February, the U11 High 5 Netball Team travelled down the road to Barn Elms Sports Grounds for the annual Richmond Borough Netball Tournament. This event attracts 36 local State and Independent schools around the borough,...

Year 3 Spring Concert – Peter Pan

Our Year 3 took us on a magical Neverland adventure in which fairies, pirates and mermaids exist, children never grow up and people fly.  Along the way we met Peter, Wendy, John, Michael, Tinkerbelle and Tinkerbella, the lost boys and the horrible Captain Hook.  As...

Year 4 Spring Concert – Jack and the Beanstalk

The Year 4s performed the Jack and the Beanstalk musical, with the main characters Jack , his mum, auntie and Daisy the cow, all contributing to the humorous take of this popular fairy story. Jack, (definitely whiffy) and the friendly farm animals defy the Giant's...

Chinese New Year

The girls at Old Vicarage School celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Rat in style this year on Friday 24th January.  The school was decorated with red lucky messages and pictures and the girls came to school dressed in traditional Chinese outfits or wearing...

Old Vicarage School Carol Service

Our Carol Service really is one of the best evenings of the year, showcasing our talented girls in Years 3 to 6, with every girl in their final year having the opportunity to sing a solo or give one of the readings. St John the Divine is a lovely spacious church, and...

Lower School Nativities

The culmination of the Autumn Term was three great Christmas stories told by the Lower School in their own unique ways.  The Reception girls performed to their parents, for the very first time, and delighted them with “Shine, Star, Shine” which was performed...

Year 5 Viking Day

Year 5 had a wonderful time experiencing elements of Viking life and spent the day working together in small groups.  They each tried making wooden shields and sewing sails that would eventually attach to a 6 metre scaled longship.  The rivets of the ship were tricky...
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